tv FOX and Friends FOX News March 23, 2012 6:00am-9:00am EDT
>> we have an extra five seconds. >> let's just waste it! >> friday, march 23rd, i'm juliet huddy in for gretchen carlson. new information this morning, the alleged al-qaida terrorist who wreaked havoc on france was on the u.s. no fly list so how was he allowed to roam free around europe? we have the story -- the latest on that story as a matter of fact. steve? >> plus, juliet, president obama sells fuzzy math on how much oil we produce in the united states. >> i want everybody to understand this. we use 20% of the world's oil and we only produce 2% of the world's oil. >> got that wrong! we'll tell you what the correct numbers are when we continue this conversation in a moment. >> all right. and we know exactly what killed whitney houston now. the official autopsy is just released. we will share it with you. the family extremely upset. "fox & friends" starts right now.
>> thank god it's friday! >> tgif, thank goodness it's fox. welcome aboard, folks. huddy is here once again, brian. >> hey, bri! >> nice to see you, juliet. lot to talk about. feel like we're talking a little bit of oil, best friends band and we review the entire "fox & friends" version. >> wait a second, they're suggesting that people should not have best friends. >> little children. >> because the pain of breaking up is hard! that's why i keep my distance from joel. he wants to hang out with me, but if he ever broke up with me, the pain is too great. >> there for a moment you were channelling your inner neil sedaka "breaking up is hard to do." >> he sang to me while looking at me. >> i had no idea what to do when he looks at you and sings to you. where do you go? >> he brought in a mirrored piano, you remember that? >> like it was yesterday. >> anyway, we do have a lot of news and we're starting right now with this. >> thank you for that segue.
here are the headlines. new prosecutor will lead the investigation into the shooting death of 17-year-old travon martin after the former prosecutor and the police chief stepped away from the case yesterday. meantime, thousands are looking for justice. they attended a rally led by reverend sharpton in sanford, florida last night. martin, by the way was shot and killed by neighborhood watch captain george zimmerman last month. zimmerman is still a free man and he's claiming self-defense but sharpton strongly disagreeing. >> should have been arrested that night! zimmerman had probable cause that night. you cannot defend yourself against a pack of skittles and iced tea. >> rallies spread to california where they formed in support of martin. an american teacher killed in yemen.
al-qaida is claiming responsibility for his shooting death on sunday. al-qaida's yemen branch says shrum was killed because he was trying to spread christianity. he taught english at a foreign language school. he was living in yemen with his wife and two sons. they say the writing was on the wall. new reports that suspected french gunman mohamed murah had been on the u.s. government's no fly list for nearly two years before his murderous rampage in france. u.s. officials say he was placed on the list over suspicions that he attended an al-qaida training camp, something the french government was reportedly aware of. murah was shot and killed yesterday during a shootout with police. they say he opened fire on them first before trying to escape through a bathroom window before he died, murah reportedly bragged about murdering a rabbi, three children and three french paratroopers. a little bit more info now on whitney houston's cause of death. it's revealed but the investigation may be far from over. an autopsy report shows she officially died from drowning. but she did use cocaine
immediately before her collapse. and that chronic cocaine use may have caused her to have a heart attack. the problem, police found in traces of the drug in her hotel room. they are looking into the possibility that somebody removed those drugs before they arrived. her family says they are shocked and saddened by the results and those are the headlines for today. not exactly the best news going on today. >> we knew the autopsy was coming. receipts get in and talk about something that concerns everybody and that's the price of gas that you're paying now today and a little bit later this weekend. president obama having a change of heart. and announcing his sudden support for part of the keystone pipeline. not the part where they get the oil and put it through, though. but republicans say he doesn't deserve to take credit for the project. peter doocy is live for us in washington, d.c. with more. >> brian, you hear president obama talk a lot about how his energy policy is an all of the above strategy and while he was out in oklahoma yesterday, he made clear that producing more oil and gas here at home is part
of his all of the above strategy and to really hammer that home, he signed an executive order to show he's in favor of a tiny part of the keystone pipeline that would run from cushing, oklahoma down to the gulf and only deal with a bunch of extra supply that's keeping gas prices low in oklahoma but high everywhere else. >> today, i'm directing my administration to cut through the red tape break through the bureaucratic hurdles and make this project a priority to go ahead and get it done. >> but, republicans are calling the president out because they say that this pipeline's construction, this little part of it is going to start in june whether he wades into it or not. >> today he's in oklahoma trying to take credit for the part of the pipeline that doesn't even require his approval. this is what i'm calling the obama energy gap. there's a big gap between what the president promises and what he talks about and the actions
that he's taking. >> but the white house says that's not right. speaker boehner, they say that federal permits do have to be issued for this pipeline to be built and so the president's executive order will help and they also say that two-day tour through nevada and oklahoma that he just took show that he is committed to bringing oil and gas prices down and if you're wondering why the backdrop there is a bunch of pipeline parts, this could have something to do with it. there's a new fox poll shows that 67% support building the pipeline. way the parties break down, that's 87% of republicans. 69% of independents and 50% of democrats. back to you. >> that explains the pipeline. thanks. >> it's amazing to see the president in front of the pipeline that he clearly is blocking and has blocked before. to me, it seems as though there's a about the a panic at 1600 pennsylvania avenue because gas prices continue to climb the president gave an interesting speech yesterday. he talked a lot about oil. if anyone tells you we're not drilling everywhere, they're not
telling you the truth. they're trying to get your vote. >> yeah, the problem for the president -- he made a mistake. listen carefully, we'll tell you how he got it wrong. >> i want everybody to understand this. we use 20% of the world's oil. we only produce 2% of the world's oil. even if we opened up every inch of the country. if i put an oil rig on the south lawn, if we had one right next to the washington monument, even if we drilled every little bit of this great country of ours, we'd still have to buy the rest of our needs from some place else if we keep on using the same amount of energy, the same amount of oil. >> well, that is not right. the president said that we only produce 2% of the world's oil. in fact, he got that number wrong. over the last week or so, he's said on a number of occasions that we actually produce about 12% of the world's oil and that
is correct. he got mixed up because 2% he's been saying, we only have 2% of the world's proven oil reserves. now, that is a bone of contention for a lot of people because they go, you know, that's just not right. there are so many different spots on -- in the united states of america where we're not drilling so there's so much untapped oil. there's estimates and we're going to put up some graphics. there are estimates in the united states of america we've got enough oil for a couple of hundred years. perhaps 2 trillion barrels. >> 22 billion barrels crude reserves. >> that's what we know right now. >> you go down, there are 400 billion barrels technically recoverable crude oil and as you continue to go down, 800 billion oils shales and then the last -- >> two trillion or 2,303 billion barrels undiscovered. >> yeah, huge untapped area. >> overall in the world which
we currently live in and i believe we're calling it earth, that we actually produce the third most on the planet. third most out of everybody in terms of producing oil and they're doing this thing called discovering. they're discovering different places to drill and different ways to do it. this refined fracking, for example, by this guy jim henry not the government is producing oil in the area of this basin area, this is the biggest discovery he claims in the united states in the last 80 years, an area in which they said was tapped out. but then they realized they could slam water into the limestone and get additional oil and we also know what's happening over in north dakota. >> right. and we -- in this country, we actually have enough to last us a couple hundred years, the experts say but we don't because as the president hangs on to that number, we only have about 2% of the proven resources.
2% of the proven resources. that only counts where we're currently drilling. it doesn't count off the florida coast or anwar, any of that stuff. >> is there anything worse than having a best friend and watching that relationship just disintegrate? >> when you're a kid? >> did you have a lot of friends when you were a child? >> not enough. not enough. but the hurt of a best friend saying good-bye is finally being addressed. >> hold on, brian. are you saying as a young kilmeade out in massapequa, long island, new york you thought billy was your friend and next thing you know, billy is over there cheating with ronnie. they're playing over there on the side and stuff like that. >> that's actually it and in britain, they're addressing it. >> look at the hurt on that man's face. >> it's still there. >> just permanent frown on his face. >> but if this is grounded in a story and a policy -- >> thank you for -- >> let's bury the lead here, look, people, in the u.k., they have something right going on here. little children, they have their friends. the people in the u.k. or some of these schools in the u.k. are
a little concerned about the friends losing their best friend, that would create a whole bunch of chaos in the u.k., apparently, so they're encouraging, teachers are encouraging children to play with groups as opposed to creating best friend relationships. this is the story. >> sort of break up the buddies. the buddy system isn't around london. >> this is like when you go to some of these schools out in california, little reachy, reachy schools where they don't give grades and just want to talk about things. bizarre. >> this from the national association of head teachers in the u.k. but how do you stop kids from developing close friendships with other kids? you can't. >> you cannot have a safety net on personal relationships, can you imagine if they are doing that? by the time you're 21 when the world is done with those social rules, you're totally screwed. >> and think about the fact that when -- in your life, your best friends you have when you're a kid, when you grow up, you got a wife. you got kids. you have a husband. whatever you got. you don't have as many great friends that you have back then
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keep your plan if you are satisfied with it. you can keep your choice of doctor. we're going to work with your employer to lower the costs of your premiums by up to $2500 a year. >> that sounds good but it didn't happen. joining us right now is senator ron johnson of wisconsin. senator, you wrote an op ed in "the wall street journal" and the final item in it is you say that whatever you call it, it was a doozy, mr. president. what are you talking about? >> well, that estimate that the cbo -- well, first of all, the president did say if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan, period. nobody is going to take it away from you no matter what and that's outright not going to happen because obamacare totally changes the equation in terms of how employers are going to be looking at purchasing health care. and, you know, the cbo estimated that on net, only a million individuals would lose their employer sponsored care and
that's out of about 154 million that get through health care through the employer but the problem is now in 2016, a family plan will cost $20,000 vs. paying the $2,000 penalty and you're not exposing your -- the people who work with you to financial ruin because now you're making them eligible for huge subsidies in the exchanges. $10,000 if your household income is $64,000 so, you know, i don't know too many federal subsidies that go unused. >> let's take a look at what we were promised and what the reality is. back in 2008, president obama said the plan would lower premiums by about $2500 by the end of his first term. in reality, look at this. premiums have increased by about $2,200 per family. what happened? >> that's a $4700 difference. the problem is all the mandates, you know, the administration is great in saying this is going to be free. now seniors have free
preventative care. children up to the age of 26 get free coverage. nothing is free. you shift the cost on to somebody else and my concern, steve, is, you know, what's going to happen? and i think this is exactly the way this health care law was designed is that pretty soon everybody will be forcing the exchanges, we're going to basically have a defacto single payer system. the federal government can't pay for it. we can't pay for medicaid, it reimburses providers for under their providing cost which is why in some places, only 60% of providers actually see medicaid patients. that's what we're facing here. >> when you talk about how this particular bill was designed, you say there are some gimmicks in it including the class act. for instance, the congressional budget office in 2010 said that the plan would reduce the deficit by $143 billion over 10 years. that sounds great. but in october of this past year, the president and his health care secretary did away with the class act which wiped out about $70 billion worth of
the projected $143 billion savin savings. you say they knew going in the class act wasn't going to work and that was a gimmick to sell it. >> the budget chairman called the class act a scheme. they included $1100 million in exchanges that chips away at the deficit reduction. the real doozy in terms of that sleight of hand is the fact that they actually said they were going to reduce medicare by $529 billion. they haven't reduced medicare or payments from providers by $208 billion under the sgr, what makes anybody think they're going to do that with the $529 billion. this thing is going to add hundreds of billions if not trillions of dollars to our debt and deficit and we can't afford it. >> real quickly, you would know something about that. you were in a small business and you owned one for 31 years. if you were sitting in that chair instead of being a senator these days, you'd be faced with, you know what? this is really going to be expensive. i think i'll just pay the fine! >> you're also faced with
having to comply with now 15,000 pages of the law and the rules and regulations and steve, they've only just begun. you talk to providers and talk to health insurance companies, they don't have a clue on how to implement this. the government doesn't know how to implement it. i'm trying to paint a picture of what our health care system and freedoms and budgets are going to look like if we fully implement obamacare, it will be a disaster. let's hope the supreme court does the right thing. >> happy anniversary obamacare today, it is 2 years old. senator ron johnson from wisconsin, thank you, sir for joining us today. >> thanks for having me on. >> you bet. coming up, america's next big terror threat. the former chief of operations for the dea knows what it is. and he's here to tell us who is joining forces against the united states. and take a look at this. talk about flop. how about a basketball turned into a casting call? basketbrawl. casting call.
>> could hezbollah be america's next big security threat? law enforcement officials telling congress about the iranian supported terrorist groups rising influence in the western hemisphere and who is unlocking the gate to america's borders, the mexican drug cartel. >> they have what al-qaida could only dream of having. they have established relationships with the most powerful international drug trafficking and organized crime syndicates ever faced by law enforcement. >> joining us right now is the former chief of operation for the drug enforcement agency, michael brawn himself. michael, how many hezbollah agents is it estimated could be in the u.s. right now? >> brian, congressman king, the chair of the homeland security,
the house homeland security committee mentioned the other day during the hearing that the best estimates are, you know, somewhere around 200, possibly more. that's pretty shocking. >> now, in terms of their funding, and their continued growth, you link it to drug trafficking and go right back to the mexican drug cartels. how? >> well, listen, the hezbollahs is heavily involved in the global cocaine trade now along with their handler agency. the iranian force. they're generating hundreds of millions of dollars a year in revenue behind this activity. profit behind this activity. a recent case by the d.e.a. that ultimately caused the downfall of the lebanese or the beirut based lebanese canadian bank clearly showed as much as $200 million a month was being laundered and that money was directly linked to their involvement in the cocaine trade so that brings them naturally much closer to home, to our neighborhood and even closer to our doorstep. >> you know, i watched a lot of
that testimony live on one of the channels. we were carrying it here. and it was amazing what the iranians, of course, slash hezbollah has been caught doing in this country since 9/11. in 2005, six of them was picked up taking pictures of various landmarks. 2008, taking pictures of railroad tracks. and the brooklyn bridge. heliports over in 2010 and of course, we know about the saudi -- the plot to kill a saudi ambassador in our nation's capital. not only are they getting bigger, getting more financing, they're getting bolder. >> listen, there's no doubt about it. kudos to the new york police department, you know, their stellar work has revealed the activities in new york city of, you know, these operatives photographing their transportation infrastructure, you know, listen, this thing is turning into a real national security threat. you know, these guys do have the
ability to hit us at the homeland and we need to get serious about doing something about it. >> and if there's an operation against the iranians, you could look for the hezbollah to get the go sign right here at home. >> well, listen, they are -- they are iranians' most important proxy and these are the guys that can do it. they are in mexico. they are in the united states. just as chairman king said the other day. >> in terms of terrorists, they are the best of the best. michael brawn, thanks so much for your investigation, your testimony and for joining us here this morning. >> thanks, brian. >> all right straight ahead on our show, talk about recycling math. the president seems to be creating millions of green jobs. what is a green job? a bus driver that uses a hybrid? e.p.a. regulators? ecology professors? didn't those jobs already exist. stuart varney shaking his head over this one while walking. he can do both. tim tebow just arrived in new york. it looks like someone forgot to read the fine print again. we'll tell you about another snag in his new quarterback --
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>> hey, i just saw this. a recent survey found that more doctors are asking out their patients on the internet dating web sites. isn't that weird? they're like i got the test results back on your heart and it looks like it needs love. >> and you need a prescription for that. there you go. come back to the office. >> have something that can help. >> i have to tell you what else is happening in the news. in a few hours, the u.s. soldier accused of killing over a dozen civilians in afghanistan will learn his charges. i'm talking about the army staff sergeant is expected to be hit with numerous charges including 17 counts of murder. six counts of attempted murder and dereliction of duty. he allegedly left his post and shot, stabbed and burn his victims as they slept. nine were kids. >> meanwhile, they say a picture is worth 1,000 words. for one new york boy, it's been a whole lot of trouble.
a state appeals court upholding the boy's suspension over a drawing he did in fifth grade in which he scribbled something about wanting to blow up his school with all the teachers in it. the 10-year-old and his family claim it was a joke and his parents even sued the school district for violating his free speech. but the appeals court simply not buying it. brian? >> they've been accused of spying before. google has admitted it wants to spy on your phone calls. the company has filed for a patent that would let it tailor its ad based on background noise when you use the smart phone and use temperature, humidity, light and air conditioning to know what ads to use, the patent title is called advertising based on environmental conditions. >> bizarre. you've heard them saying that the cats always land on their feet. what it's after a 19-story drop? not so much for this guy. her name was sugar. she probably used up a few of her nine lives after falling
from her owner's high rise in boston. rescuers say that amazingly enough, after the nearly 200 foot fall, sugar only had minor bruising on her lungs but no broken bones or any serious injuries. sugar is a superhero. >> sugar is lucky. >> you have a friend that lives in new york city. their dog saw a bird off the balcony, jumped off to get it. 35 stories. >> didn't survive. >> didn't have a happy ending. >> great story. thanks. >> just saying they don't all have happy endings. >> come on! >> ok. ok. >> go back to him again. try this again. i don't want the dead dog story! >> so anyway, i got this friend who has a dog and saw a little bird just off the balcony. jumped out, got the bird, came back in and is fine. >> fantastic, steve. what's happening in sports, it's time again for the tebow trade, that's tim tebow arriving in the
jets training facility yesterday, only problem is he's still not a member of the team. reports say that it's a technicality with the contract yells a giant fan. he's expected to sign a rewritten contract later today. the trade should become official tomorrow afternoon. the jets will introduce him on monday. rex ryan shooting down talk about any quarterback controversy. yeah, right. tebow and mark sanchez? they'll get along. >> they're great teammates and i think that's what we're trying to -- we're bringing in guys that care about each other, work hard, committed to the same thing. we all want the same thing and that's to win a world championship. >> all right. they said they're going to design some plays just for tebow. meanwhile, drew stanton who was supposed to be mark sanchez's backup and signed out of detroit said excuse me, i'd like to leave now. first number one seed falls in the ncaa tournament. it's good-bye michigan state. final score 57-44. rick pitino's louisville squad too much.
michigan state did not come to play. they were flat and they lost. louisville goes to for the third time the elite eight in three years. syracuse squeaks past wisconsin 64-63. jim boheim said it was the best game his team has played against him, wisconsin and they still won. florida and ohio state won last night as well. if you played basketball in the philippines, it's in your face literally. watch this video. things getting physical between two players under the basket. the player with the ball slams it against the defender's head and watch the delayed reaction for almost two seconds before he takes a double to the floor. have another look. quite possibly one of the worgs flops in basketball history. >> yeah. >> that was the weirdest -- >> down goes frasier. >> meanwhile, if you want to talk more about sports, go to
foxandfriends.com and i have keeping score beneath it. first, stuart varney. >> you want a proper introduction? >> a report from the u.s. labor department shows there are currently 3.1 million green jobs in america making up for 2.4% of the total employment. what exactly is a green job, stuart? because the president said let's give all these companies money and it will create millions of green jobs. but a green job is not necessarily a green job. >> the administration goes to the bureau of labor statistics and says get out there and count how many green jobs we got. we want a big number, boys, because we placed our heart and soul into green. so the bureau of labor statistics goes out and they expand the definition of what is green. they reclassify old jobs and now call them green jobs. so if you grow an organic tomato, you are a hero. you are green! >> if you stayed at a holiday inn last night, you are green. >> what was the number they came up with? 3.1 million. i personally think that's a very
low number. because this definition was so broad they counted any job that benefits the environment. >> if you drive a bus that runs on natural gas, hybrid bus driver, green. ecology professor, green. ecology lobbyist, green. >> lobbyist? >> lobbyist in washington, d.c., that's a green job. >> they counted them. >> that's not a green job. >> yes, it is. >> if there were a lot of green that changes hands. >> you're not in this game, baby. >> if you work for kermit the frog, green job. >> green does not create jobs. green is capital intensive. you got to spend a ton of money and you don't employ many people. look at the president in nevada, was it day before yesterday? it goes to the copper mountain, huge solar plant and employs -- why are you laughing? >> i know what you're going to say. >> it employs five full-time workers. that's it. supposed to have 10. the local newspaper says it's only five. >> five guys with ray-bans walking around the yard.
>> that plant is the largest of its type in america and it only lights up 17,000 homes. >> so many projects that still haven't even started. >> countless. >> when you take a look at the projects and the number of green jobs that they've created and you look at that particular spot that's created five jobs, these jobs wind up costing us hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars. >> yes, they do. it's extremely expensive. anyway you measure it, and there's lots of different ways to measure it, you're looking at tens of thousands of dollars per job created and even then, you're stretching that definition of what is green. >> think about how far we've come, stuart, when we talked about the corruption that was behind the whole global warming movement and cap and trade was on the shelf about to be implemented and now country after country are realizing it's not sustainable. >> europe, four countries in europe have just dropped their solar subsidies because it's not working. it's wildly expensive. and there's a realization, oil is a very, very efficient way of
creating energy, whether it's to drive a car or create electricity. oil is what we've got and what we'll have for decades to come. soil and green don't work. >> if people are fascinated about your performance, where can they find you? >> 9:20 a.m. eastern time on the fox business network. >> you'll be talking about solar stuff. i think your job counts as a green job, doesn't it? >> absolutely. i'm as green as they come. >> thank you, stuart. >> thank you very much. coming up, the gunman in the neighborhood watch shooting that killed an unarmed teenager in florida using the state's stand your ground law as a defense. man who wrote that law says no way, that lawmaker is here and will explain that law coming up next. >> here's kim kardashian before and now take a look at kim kardashian after. being attacked on the red carpet by a flour bomb. >> you don't send me flour. >> what about a bodyguard? how can they let that happen? nice morning, scott?
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neighborhood watchman. the alleged shooter claims he killed the boy in self-defense. this guy has not been arrested or charged and now critics are questioning a controversial state law, stand your ground is the law. state representative dennis backsly was the backer of the law. great to have you here, sir. >> thank you very much. appreciate the invitation. >> explain what this law is all about. >> this is a self-defense law. and actually what it does is it shows if you empower people to stop violent acts from occurring, they will. and they have. we've actually seen a diminished number in terms of the violent crimes since 2005 and i'd like to believe we've been a part of that. i think what we have here is a situation where individual has misapplied or a department has misapplied this statute. >> in what way? >> there's nothing in this statute that provides you authority to pursue and confront another individual.
>> but the law does not protect this guy, zimmerman, if he d not have an objectively reasonable belief of imminent danger. correct? >> that's correct, and the fact is that he accelerated the incident. he was not an innocent victim who was a victim of attack of a third party. he actually initiated by pursuing and confronting another individual. >> you can actually hear this. we have a little clip of the 911 call. let's listen to this real quick. >> he has something in his hands. i don't know what his deal is. >> ok. let me know -- >> we got them on the way. let me know if this guy does anything else. which entrance is he heading towards? >> the back entrance. are you following him? >> yeah. >> we don't need you to do that. >> and i think that's the key there? are you following him? yes. we don't need to you do that. you know, another part of this law, the law does not protect zimmerman if he was the initial
aggressor. in your opinion, do you feel like he was the aggressor here? >> from what we're seeing, it is. i think we're on a much better track right now. i'm proud to see that the governor has now -- they've impanelled a grand jury and the governor has appointed a special prosecutor to come in and take over this situation. the more you learn and the more you see in this situation, you start seeing that maybe there's more to this than just two men on the street. >> explain that. what do you mean? >> well, there seems to be a whole context here of a friction or a tension and i think part of it is racial and i think part of it has to do with this relationship with the police department. and i hope that this will result, we are all heart broken. i'm a funeral director for 40 years, i've stood by people going through tragedy and there's nothing as heartbreaking as having a child lost and particularly under these kinds of circumstances. >> you mentioned the police and
specifically the police chief has stepped aside here. do you think that was a smart move? >> i do. i think it needs to decelerate and i understand the outrage because nothing was happening and now we see that a number of things are happening and the governor is also appointing a task force to look at our legislation but quite frankly, i think we have a good law. i think there's been some misapplication. there may be some other legislation that needs to be done such as instructions to crime watch, you know, really all you need is a telephone. you're supposed to be the eyes and ears for law enforcement and help them be effective. but you're not supposed to carry a firearm and you're not supposed to pursue and confront people. that will accelerate violent episodes. >> we're going to continue watching this. you can guarantee that. florida state representative dennis backsly, thanks for joining us today. appreciate it. >> thank you. >> coming up, first he blamed bush for the economy and then blamed atm's for unemployment. now this, solyndra, china's fault? what is the president responsible for some are asking?
someone is taking responsibility, famous best selling author james paterson, i'm sure you've read his books. he's giving back big time to our troops and he's going to tell us why. he joins us next to explain. sweetie i think you need a little extra fiber in your diet. carol. fiber makes me sad. oh common. and how can you talk to me about fiber while you are eating a candy bar? you enjoy that. i am. [ male announcer ] fiber beyond recognition. fiber one. chocolate lemonade ? susie's lemonade... the movie.
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james -- auto ien -- >> infamous author? >> very famous author. >> that's better. >> james, we know about the worthiness of the cause. what alerted you to the fact that your books could really help people out over there? >> one of my best friends, his son was a captain over there for three years. and his son used to send him letters and also letters from a lot of his friends who were soldiers overseas. and the things were so touching and moving and articulate and not the kinds of things that we generally see on the news and it just woke me up and so five or six years ago, i started doing 10,000 to 20,000 books a year to the troops and this year we're doing $200,000 which is a lot of books. >> you have a motto. don't complain about it. do something and you're hoping that message spreads to the rest of us. >> yeah, in general. look, i mean, there's a lot of things we can complain about and we do but i think it's better if we can get up off our duffs and
do something. what happened here was we had to get 200,000 books from lebanon, indiana, to fort benning and then to afghanistan and iraq and germany and then, you know, so it's -- that's a big deal. that's 20,000 boxes of books. a lot of people got involved in this. >> oh, man! >> we didn't e-mail them. >> although that sure would be easy. yea! here they go. instead, you got a whole bunch of transports flying stuff over. what orpganizations are you working with? >> operation gratitude is really, really terrific. books for heroes. feed the children. those are the three bigies. feed the children came in at the end because we realized we didn't have enough trucks. that's where the operation got stalled. they did. they do. >> what's been the response? the response is great. it's always been terrific. i'll get pictures of people in afghanistan and iraq, whatever,
holding my books and it's a little like, you know, when you see these pieces like in the world series or the super bowl where they cut to the troops and the thing i hear over and over and over from troops and from my son's or from my friend's son is how touching, moving, exciting, whatever it is, to get something from home when you're over there. >> that's what they all say. all right. >> james, you have a book, by the way, coming out "guilty wives". >> yeah, yeah. yeah. not one we want to send to the troops. >> maybe you do. i don't know. it's going to be available march 26th i'm told wherever books are sold. >> and james has sold 220 million copies worldwide in the last three years. you're a pretty good writer. >> yeah, right. thanks. >> great thing you're doing. thanks so much for sharing the story. >> thank you. >> all right. very good. he's not here to sell books. he's here to give books away. >> that's exactly what he's done. >> fantastic. it's about four minutes before the top of the hour.
straight ahead, students being used as campaign operatives? huh? one teacher making his class do opposition research on the republican presidential candidates and then sending that research to the obama campaign. are you kidding me? no, we're not. hear what the school says about it and whether or not that teacher still has his job. >> a news reporter becomes the story when she gets a gun pointed at her. more on "fox & friends" coming up in about two minutes. [ male announcer ] every day, thousands of people are choosing advil. my name is lacey calvert and i'm a yoga instructor. if i have any soreness, i'm not going to be able to do my job. but once i take advil, i'm able to finish out strong. it really works! [ laughs ] [ male announcer ] make the switch. take action. take advil.
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panel company and giving them your dough. >> we can see the positive impacts right here at solyndra but through the recovery act, this company received a loan to expand its operations. >> now it's not his fault. solyndra blame game in full effect. >> and politics in the classroom. it's not fair and balanced to say the least. a middle schoolteacher having his students do opposition research on the republican candidates. that school responds at this hour. >> plus, best friends getting the boot. why a good friend will really be hard to find if one school gets their way. "fox & friends" hour two for this friday, commences right now. >> welcome aboard, folks. huddy is in for gretch. she'll be back on monday. the president of the united states has been crisscrossing
the country four states, two days, why? because people in the united states are not happy with the fact that gas is going through the roof. "washington post" poll says 65% of you are disappointed on how the president has handled gas prices and did you hear ed henry yesterday in his report, he said that as the president travels the country, he has dropped the expression "there is no silver bullet." because people don't want to hear that from the president. they want to hear from the president that he's got a way to fix things and so yesterday, he went to oklahoma to fast track keystone? >> right, it was amazing. >> not really. >> one day, he's talking about green energy and how dumb people are for not believing in it and for those people who are upset about the money that's been wasted in it. and then yesterday, he's in front of the keystone pipeline which, of course, in pieces because we can't build it. just the part that doesn't have oil. >> he may do the part that does have oil. he's suggesting. >> when? take your time, no rush. >> ask him! >> here's the president on his varying opinions about energy in this kunlt. -- country.
>> if you hear anybody on tv saying that somehow we're against drilling for oil, then you'll know that they either don't know what they're talking about or they're not telling you truth! we're drilling all over the place. even if we drilled every square inch of this country right now, we're going to be relying on other countries for oil. >> so there you had the president a couple of days ago saying we're drilling everywhere and then followed up yesterday by, you know, if we did drill everywhere, we'd still have to rely on people like saudi arabia because we use so much of the oil. but keep in mind, folks, the united states -- and the president has said we only have 2% of the proven resources. the united states, that only counts the part that we're drilling right now. if you count the vast oil resources off our shores, there are estimates that we could have 2 trillion barrels and there's enough oil under our property
that could last us for a couple hundred years. >> like brian was saying in the last hour, the part that was going through, the oil can't get to that part at this point so what are they going to -- >> not only that, they don't need the president's approval. the president has nothing to do with this except for not stopping. just get out of the way so he's saying i'm going to fast track. it's already been fast tracked and it will start in june. meanwhile, speaker boehner has noticed the different proposals and policies of the administration. listen. >> today, he's out in oklahoma trying to take credit for a part of the pipeline that doesn't even require his approval. now, this is what i'm calling "the obama energy gap." there's a big gap between what the president promises and what he talks about and the actions that he's taking. and i think honest hard working taxpayers deserve actions that match the words. >> there's action because the president's poll numbers are falling. he figures if he gets out there and stands in front of pipeline parts, it will help.
and while the president says look, we're drilling everywhere, it's a little disingenuous. let's take a look at drilling under various presidents. bill clinton drilling was up 58%. under george w. bush, 116%. with president obama, drilling is actually down 36% and while the administration says look, we've got increased oil production, i mean, how many times have you actually heard that? actually, the drilling is taking place on state and private lands, not federal lands where federal land drilling has actually gone down. >> meantime, the president seems to be kind of backing up or at least scooting away from the whole solyndra debacle. as you know, you know, he was a supporter of solyndra back in 2010. check this out. >> the positive impacts right here at solyndra. but through the recovery act, this company received a loan to expand its operations. >> ok. that is back then. >> and that was a lot of money. and since the company has gone
belly up so people are talking about green technology, green investment and the president is essentially saying once again, like with almost everything else, it is not his fault, not his problem per se. listen. >> obviously, we wish solyndra hadn't gone bankrupt. part of the reason they did was because the chinese were subsidizing their solar industry and flooding the market in ways that solyndra couldn't compete but understand this was not our program per se. congress, democrats and republicans, put together a loan guarantee program because they understood historically that when you get new industries, it's easy to raise money for startups but if you want to take them to scale, oftentimes, there's a lot of risk involved and what the loan guarantee program was designed to do was to help start up companies get to scale. >> ok, so what you heard in that finally crafted soundbite was first the president blamed the
chinese and then after that, he essentially blamed george bush. on his watch, that's where it got started. according to factcheck.org what he's talking about -- >> back up, steve. the bush administration turned down solyndra who wanted this very same loan. >> right. what he's talking about there is in 2005, when george bush was president, the energy policy act was created. and what that did is created loan programs for clean energy programs per se. to use brian's word twice in the same half-hour. but solyndra's loan came specifically from the stimulus and didn't come specifically from what was passed during the george bush administration so when you hear people on the left say look, solyndra came from bush. that is not true. it started with the stimulus. >> so the latest the president has done is blame congress for about everything. and now he's looking at green energy and telling everyone, don't blame us for the investments that have gone belly up. the only thing the president is
really taking credit for or taking blame for was producing -- putting tom daschle as health and human services secretary without doing a background check. that's the last time he said i screwed up. so since that time, for mostly 3 1/2 years, he hasn't taken the blame or responsibility for anything. >> nothing except for tom daschle who got thrown under the bus. >> he could have been thrown under the limo for a while but he didn't. >> with the driver off the books. >> people, let's get to other headlines. the investigation into the shooting death of that 17-year-old we were talking about that in the last hour, travon martin, it's going to be led by a new prosecutor. this after the former prosecutor and police chief both stepped away from the case yesterday. meantime, thousands are looking for justice and they all attended a rally led by reverend al sharpton in sanford, florida last night. they're calling for neighborhood watch captain george zimmerman's
arrest. police say zimmerman shot and killed martin last month. zimmerman still is a free man and he's claiming self-defense. under florida law, we discussed last hour. martin was unarmed at the time so zimmerman is protected by this state law, many say or many believe, he believes that says using force is allowed if a person believes self-defense is necessary. so we'll get into that, i'm sure. for the rest of next week. also the u.s. soldier accused in the disturbing massacre of civilians in afghanistan is expected to be charged with 17 counts of murder later today. army staff sergeant is facing numerous other charges including attempted murder and dereliction of duties. he allegedly shot, stabbed and burned his vimentz as they were sleeping. whitney houston's cause of death is now revealed but the investigation may be far from over. an autopsy report shows she officially died from drowning but that she did use cocaine immediately before her collapse. and that chronic cocaine use
might have even caused her to have a heart attack. the problem -- police found no traces of the drug in her hotel room. so the word is they may now be looking into the possibility that somebody removed the drugs before the police arrived. her family says they are shocked and they're saddened by the results. a news crew in arkansas threatened by an angry guy with a gun, watch what happens. they go to a house to investigate the murder of an elderly man. >> we were just trying to find out what's going on. that's all. >> everybody -- camera. watch it. >> you can't take the cameraman. >> you really -- ok. we're leaving! we're leaving! >> wow, luckily the guy with the gun didn't shoot anybody. but look at this. turns out his brother and best friend are accuse of murdering the old man and now the man with the gun is charged with assaulting the tv crew because, you know, cameras actually roll on this type of stuff. >> videotape. courageous cameramen do that and
that's what this guy was. meanwhile, have i told you about this london school system in and around london? a lot of these schools have banned together to start breaking up best friends in the primary schools because those relationships often lead to heartbreak when that best friend doesn't want to be your best friend anymore. can you believe that? >> no, i can't. here's andrea, this is what she writes in pennsylvania. these kids grow up not knowing how to have a best friend, how are they going to deal with marriage to one best friend? >> what the school district is suggesting, rather than have best friends play in large groups, and the large group will never let you down. >> what do they do? just move you around if you start talking to one kid too much? >> somebody to talk to. karen from virginia says -- on the first day of eighth grade, i met my best friend wanda. 47 years later, we are still best friends. i would love to have seen someone tell us while we were in high school that we could no longer be best friends. >> don't mess with wanda!
she's serious! >> all right, what do you think? is it time the school system started getting into the personal relationships of their children? >> yeah, stop it! because what they're afraid of is as kids get close to one kid and then they move on to other things and they move to other school districts or bhaefr -- whatever. >> life isn't fair. we have to learn that as children. >> in "the sun" when they wrote this up, instead of describing the psychologist, they call them head doctors, right? >> no, the association of head teachers. >> oh, head teachers! >> like head masters. >> now i get it! i did not know! >> oh, brian. you need a best friend. >> coming up straight ahead dau-- i can't get any. they don't want to sdik around. i'm hurt. he threatened to take away his nativity scene and an atheist has his sight saved by those same christians. it could be the game changer of the republican race. a tea party favorite calling on
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>> all right. in a primary season that so much has gone on too long, one tea party conservative calling on republicans to reassess race -- to reassess the race and back mitt romney. south carolina senator jim demint saying "i can tell conservatives from my perspective is that i'm not only comfortable with romney, i'm excited about the possibility of him possibly being our nominee." is this a sign that romney is gaining momentum and coalescing
around him for the first time? let's talk to our political panel, joe trippe, former manager 2004 howard dean presidential campaign and fox news contributor john christopher and ann is -- and a white house commentator for sky news. and let's start with you, joe, does this seem a typical time in which republicans are gathering around their nominee whether they really love him or not? >> it's an important time for romney. i think demint is really key to reaching into the -- >> why? >> because romney is not doing well with the conservative base, with tea party, with blue collar folks. one of his best supporters so far has been donald trump who helped -- really helped him in some of these early states bring those folks on or at least listen to them. he needs demint and others to come on and follow trump and make it happen. and santorum yesterday said, you know, the opposite. don't go to romney. obama is better than romney which is just unbelievable. >> almost unprecedented i can
remember. richard land also, you know, the big social conservatives said social conservatives will also come to him. how big of a deal is all this? >> it's a very big deal. it's time for romney to excite and unite his party. the support from the senator from a state where mitt romney got shalacked, south carolina is very important to him to bring the different groups of the republican party behind him. now is the time. >> roger, how much power does senator demint have? >> well, first of all, senator demint was for mitt romney four years ago. i'm not sure this announcement as momentous as some might think. the problem is you'll have a very close presidential election in which mitt romney doesn't need most of the conservatives to win. he needs all of the conservatives. i still believe gary johnson on the ballot in e 50 states as a libertarian could be very damaging. romney may do better with social conservatives. he still has libertarians to worry about. >> not so much gary johnson but
ron paul. >> ron paul is tricky. he's going to have a piece of the platform and make sure his supporters, thee very adamant supporters as you can see. romney has a lot of delegates and he's won the battleground states and this is important to get the republican party behind him so they can defeat obama which is their goal. >> he's going to lose louisiana and all the calls are going to come he's a weak frontrunner and can't win the south. >> one, he is a weak frontrunner and i'm not saying it. we did dukakis in 1988, you have a sense that a lot of folks in the party are worried this -- even this guy who is the strongest guy can win and i think that's what's causing some of this problem and he needs people to coalesce now so he's got some time to gun up against obama and he's not getting it. >> it looks like freedom works getting behind him. he's starting to get big time endorsements. >> worry about your base and reaching out to the middle. you can't do both. that was the problem with the mccain campaign. if he has base problems, he can spend all of his time chasing
votes he should already have. >> the winners win the independents. 25% to 30%, that's who we need to get. >> i need you three to stick around and i want to tell the viewers at home that a woman who was in this race, congresswoman michelle bachmann will be up next hour to get her take on all this. meanwhile, the panel sticks around for this story that so many people are outraged about this morning. the president taking credit for a project he tried to kill a week ago. will americans buy that? students being used as campaign operatives? one teacher making his class do opposition research on the g.o.p. presidential candidates? that school responds next. dad, why are you getting that? is there a prize in there?
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>> got some headlines for you in the form of news by the numbers right now. first $142 million. that's how much oprah winfrey's struggling network could be in the red for this year. a financial analyst firm crunched the numbers after 30 employees were laid off and rosie o'donnell's show canned. next, 82. according to a new government watchdog report, that's how many members of congress used their positions to line the pockets of their family members. paying them to work in their congressional offices and committees. now they got some explaining to do. finally, 150 carats much that's how big this diamond ring completely made out of a huge chunk of diamonds is. talk about a girl's best friend. the first of its kind ring made by swiss jewelers shauwish costs nearly $70 million. now back over to the brian
bunch. >> all right. just weeks after nixing construction on a keystone xl pipeline, president obama reversing course kind of and opening up the southern leg of the oil route that was going to open up anyway. take a listen. >> right now, a company called transcanada has applied to build a new pipeline to speed more oil from cushing to state of the art refineries down in the gulf coast. and today, i'm directing my administration to cut through the red tape, break through the bureaucratic hurdles and make this project a priority. to go ahead and get it done. >> all right. so is the move to expedite a project that didn't need to be expedited because it will start in june anyway. he was driven by politics. we're back with our political panel, joe, john and roger stone. roger, start with you. what was the meaning behind that? >> poll numbers are bad. the poll numbers are terrible. the price of gasoline has more than doubled under barack obama. his poll numbers are sagging so he goes out and does this p.r. head fake approving something
that's already been approved which isn't going to have any impact whatsoever on our situation. the truth is his policies are retarding the exploration of gas and oil domestically. >> but private industry, john, was built in this -- was built in this anyway. he goes out there. this is not worthy. he's better than this. >> gee, seven months away from election day, of course, it's political. everything is political from now on. but would you rather be getting oil from canada, our neighbor or from the mideast country who we're at war with. >> there's no pipeline where the oil is, joe. >> you got to build part of it first. the fact is -- the republican nebraska governor opposed the pipeline and its path back when we were trying to approve the thing. the president and the administration wanted more time. it didn't work. the governor has now changed his position, shock, surprise, same reasons and now the president is trying to expedite this thing. >> i think it's not politics. look, i agree with -->> you
don't think it's politics? >> no. >> come on, he's in oklahoma. >> the fact is when the mom, the mom drives up to the gas pump and she says to her husband, or the husband, $6 a gallon. i can't get suzy to her ballet class and i can't get mom -- i can't buy mom her thing. because it's the independent voter, it's the independent voter. >> want this bill but last friday, he was making sure it wasn't being built. >> this was about originally making sure he had no challenge on the left within his own party so he has paid a high price to the radical environmentalists in his own party. >> roger, at $6 a gallon, they'll have a hard time. >> roger was right at the beginning of this thing, look, there's no way. this doesn't matter. this press conference, none of it matters because at the end of the day, either gas is going to be $5 a gallon going into november's election or it's going to be -- or it's not. if it's not, it doesn't -- if it is, this is the one trend, the one economic trend that could cost him the presidency.
>> the buck stops at the president's chief executive. however, there's very little that the president can do about the price of oil. the fact is that we have so much natural gas that we're able to create and to make the refineries and pass our oil and gas out to foreign countries and they buy it cheaper than we do and that's really killing the average person at the pump and remember, the independents are the ones that put barack obama over the top. he has to appeal to them. it's very important to him. >> the fact that he's out and about with this two day four state tour shows there's a bit of alarm in the white house. that's the way it seems. roger stone, john and joe trippe, thanks so much. so much for being a good american. the obama administration will store information on you even if you absolutely have done nothing wrong. talk about turning the other cheek. an atheist who tried suing over a nativity scene had his sight saved by christians. in my line of work, it's not uncommon for the term "hero" to be bandied about.
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traded to the new york jets. you know, it's interesting -- they asked him if he was ready to take a bite out of the big apple and he said oh, no, that's what got adam in trouble. he's very nice young man. yeah. >> he is. and every headline in the paper, in the new york newspapers refers to his christianity. >> supposedly he's going to be moving into my hood. >> really? >> just saying. >> listen, juliet, that's wishful thinking on your part. every newspaper has different people saying hey, tim, come live in our neighborhood. come live in our part of town. >> you would think that the town i live in is hoboken. that's a perfect place for him. >> he's going to work in jersey. he should live in jersey. i'm talking about where i live. >> i have the town that he's actually looking at. it's massapequa and it's unbelievable. time for your shot of the morning. we're waiting for tim tebow to officially become a jet but rex ryan has been tebowed for the first time. >> really?
>> one, two, three! >> what was that? >> he was tebowed. the coach was surprised as they were taking a picture, they were at an lsu bar in baton rouge. unfortunately, we didn't get to see the head coach tebow -- to see the head coach tebow for the first time. >> take the picture. three, two, one! and they surprised him by going down and taking a knee. >> that's very nice. let's talk about this. a fella by the name of patrick green is an atheist in san antonio, texas and this past christmas, there's a picture of him with his cat, he was protesting the nativity scene that they had set up at a church in front of -- rather, in front of the henderson county courthouse last christmas. there it is exactly, as it turns out, you know, the christians were upset that this atheist wanted them to take it down. but then he developed an eye disease that threatened his very
eyesight. >> so guess what, people? guess who raised money for this atheist man? sick with the eye disease. brian? >> the people who were protesting him and the ones behind the manger were the ones that decided they would have to get him an organ donor. >> right, the christians. sands springs baptist church in henderson county saw that atheist who had protested against their nativity scene, saw that he needed their help. they donated $400 to help him pay for his treatments. so they donated $400 and the atheist in that area came to his help as well and raised about the same amount. >> wow. >> and he has a cat. >> he does have a cat. >> very large cat it looks like. >> i got a feeling he likes those christians now. >> more than likely he won't be protesting this year. you never know. >> let's give him a call. >> 26 minutes before the top of the hour. >> may i do some headlines? >> go ahead. >> thank you.
new reports that the french gunman mohamed murah was on the u.s. government's no fly list before his rampage in france. he went to an al-qaida training camp, something the government apparently knew about. he was killed after a shootout with police. he fired on them first before trying to escape through a bathroom window. before he died, he reportedly bragged about murdering, a rabbi, those three children and three french paratroopers. >> meanwhile, eric holder signing off on new rules allowing the u.s. government to spy on mernlz. -- americans. counter terrorism officials are now allowed to keep tabs on anyone for up to five years even if they have no ties to terror. until now, the national counterterrorism center had to destroy information stored in government data bases when there were no clear ties to terror. apparently coming to light, not the case. >> the fallout from the saints bounty pool reaching all the way
to capitol hill. senator dick durbin wants a judiciary panel to look into bounties not just in football but all sports. is he kidding? they are looking into a federal law to make bounty systems a crime. >> the bounty hunter. >> sadly, he has nothing else to do. it comes one day after the head coach was suspended for all of next season. greg williams, the former defensive coach who ran the pool suspended indefinitely. can't even apply until next year. >> call it a half baked idea. you are looking at two guys in california using a bread delivery truck as a cover to steal gas. police say the truck was custom made so they could siphon fuel from an underground tank into 1,000 gallon vat. excuse me, it was hidden inside. the thieves reportedly hit the same gas station six times. how do you do that? i mean, making out with $8,000 of fuel, by the way. >> delivery truck. they came for their delivery of gas. >> the problem is police
eventually caught on. you can see them nabbing the crooks in the act. officers arrested one of the suspects and the other guy got away. very crafty. >> sad sign of the times when gas is this expensive, people get desperate. >> they do. >> meanwhile, let's take a look at the weather on this friday, man we've had some great weather here in the new york city area but as you can see -- >> beautiful yesterday. >> some rain is moving towards the eastern seaboard all the way from canada down through the gulf coast. we do have a line of thunderstorms from the gulf coast moving up through portions of central georgia at this time. and it moves across the central plain states. if you're in new york city and raleigh, 62 degrees when you walk outside and 66 in atlanta. you can tell where that front is because behind the rain is considerably temperatures are cooler 10 to 20 degrees in some spots. right now, 47 in dallas/ft. worth but 72 in tampa. today's daytime highs will look like in new york city a little
better than room temperature. warmer yet in cleave land, ohio. looks like 70 today on tap for chicago. about the same for memphis. 70's and 80's across much of texas and down through portions of florida on this friday. we're looking at highs in the mid 80's. >> let's go frolic outside after the show. >> you think so? >> yeah! >> miller time! >> nope. or kilmeade time. >> right. let's do that. and you might want to be frolicking with chipper jones. because the 2012 season will be his last. the braves third baseman announcing he'll retire at the end of the year. the switch hitter was with atlanta for 18 years. it's the only team that chipper jones has ever known. the braves took jones with the number one pick overall in 1990 and he's had battles with injuries over the years and only switch hitter in mlb history with career average of over 300. the team that's the happiest, the new york mets. he killed them for 18 years and foul play in the basketball court in the philippines.
i always cover philippine basketball. today, no different. two players getting a little rough under the basket. so one takes matters into his own hand and smashes the ball to his defender's face. notice the delayed reaction before he takes it off the floor. here he is again. >> oy! >> even sonny liston came back from the grave and said he fell on purpose. and there you go. you want to talk more about philippine basketball, i do it. i go inside the numbers, keeping score on foxandfriends.com. >> that's you'll i'm going to get on your blog is philippine basketball? >> all right. i'll talk about other stuff. >> maybe the sweet 16. now we're down to eight. >> i'm not going to do that. it's going to air through the weekend. i'm not going to come in saturday and sunday to update it. >> why? >> lazy. >> be a trooper. >> you can get it at foxnews.com/sports. >> yes. >> which you update from home. >> all righty. coming up, does politics belongs in the classroom? this is an interesting story.
one middle schoolteacher seems to think so having students do opposition research on the republican candidate. >> and then send it to the obama campaign and dolly parton working 9 to 5 creating jobs and expanding dollywood. she's here live with the exciting new addition to her theme park! all those people -- born on this day in 1973, this nba point guard won his first title last year with the dallas mavericks. who might that kid be. be first, friends at foxnews.com with the correct answer. man, i'm glad aflac pays cash.
ventilator in the bathroom and then used blankets to jump from the opening. police are now scouring the city to try to track them down. steve? >> thank you, huddy! trouble with schools. here's another chapter. parents of kids at a virginia middle school outraged over a school assignment they say is just way too political and obviously pro obama. listen to this. a teacher at liberty middle school in fairfax county, virginia, instructed his class to find opposition research against republican presidential candidates. the goal, to identify the candidate's weaknesss and then to pass them along to, wait for it, the obama re-election campaign. joining us right now is vince collinase with "the daily caller" and following the story for us. good morning to you, vince. >> good morning. >> they were supposed to -- the kids were supposed to do opposition research on the four remaining republican candidates. dig up the dirt and then forward it to the obama campaign.
how is that possibly fair and balanced because there was nobody looking into the president and forwarding stuff to the republican campaigns. >> yes, this is some educational experience. shouldn't on the other side there be some sort of look at president obama? but no, in this case, the class was split up into four groups, each to investigate the republican candidates, find their weaknesses and then prepare a strategy packet and actually find the office they had to send this to in the obama campaign. the school claims, oh, well we never actually sent it but why would you have them put all the dotted lines together and just hand it over to the teacher and say here you go, go ahead and send them. >> it sounds like the school distri distri district were behind it if you ask me. some of the parents were outraged, weren't they? >> the parents are outraged. what kind of lesson is this? what are you teaching your students to first of all, look for weaknesses in political
candidates. they're in eighth grade civics class. at best, they should be learning about the platforms of each of these guys and comparing them to one another and include the president. no, this is an effort to investigate republican candidates and the parents were clearly aware this came off as a political thing and were upset with this and i've spoken with at least one parent who has been very upset about this and felt like this story needed to be told. that's why he came forward to "the daily caller." >> it did. you broke the story and we're telling it as well. here's what the school district says, spokesperson says. the principal advised the teacher he should emphasize to his students that this assignment was meant to be a learning process and not to endorse a particular candidate. what do you think about that? >> i don't know how you can escape the vision that it's anything but endorsing a particular candidate. these students were clearly enlisted at best, were enlisted to be convinced that obama is a candidate worth only giving defense to and republican candidates are only worth
attacking. that's the best version of this. the worst version is they were joining the obama campaign and helping the president actually investigate the weaknesses his opponents. >> you know, it does just reinforce the impression that a lot of people have that the teachers in this country are all out on the left. that simply is not the case but it looks like that. >> and other teachers -- >> here -- >> and other teachers want to avoid that, i'm sure. >> exactly right. here's what one of the concerned parents told you, i believe. "this assignment was just creepy beyond belief, like something out of east germany during the cold war." vince, i understand that some parents called on this guy to be fired. but the school district says they're not going to fire him. and they're not even going to discipline him. >> right. well, there's an intense conversation happening as we speak between the members of the school board trying to figure out how they're actually going to deal with this and most of the reaction that we've gotten at "the caller" is we've seen that the school board is simply looking for a way to say hey, look, going forward, this cannot happen again.
so we'll see. i mean, if that's the outcome here, then it's probably a good one. >> just leave the politics out of the curriculum. all right. vince from "the daily caller" thank you very much. have a great weekend. >> thanks, steve. he is working 9 to 5. why do i mention that? dolly parton is coming up next and she is -- hi, dolly. good morning. she's creating jobs and expanding dolly sf wood. she's here live next with the exciting new addition to her theme park dollywood. ♪ hooray for dollywood in 1990, alana miles had the number one song "black velvet." [ male announcer ] have you heard? it's bring your happiness to work day. campbell's microwavable soups. in three minutes -- the deliciousness that brings
>> brian got this right. we'll have to send the prize to lisa carson in raleigh, north carolina. today is jason kidd's birthday. happy birthday, kid. >> happy birthday. >> working 9 to 5 won't cut it for our next guest, she's too busy creating jobs and expanding her hit theme park dollywood. >> yep. let's take a look. this is a bird's eye point of view of the park's latest attraction. the wild eagle roller coaster ride is taking flight for the very first time today. >> and that is dolly parton's helmet camera. right now, she is on this ride from pigeon forge. dolly parton -- >> oh! look at that! >> whoa! >> i would never get on that ride! >> you have never taken your own roller coaster? >> it's too scary! no, i don't ride the rides
especially this one. it's like i have too much to lose like my hair. it's called the wild agencily. we don't want the bald eagle to be exposed, do we? >> i didn't know that. >> by the way, you could get a front of the line pass. you could probably get in there quickly. >> i could. i could. it's too bad i don't want to ride it. but everybody is excited about it. and the more i don't ride, the more exciting everybody thinks it is. so the kids all want to ride it. this is actually the biggest thing we've ever done here at dollywood. it's a $20 million ride and it's actually created a lot of buzz. everybody is coming from everywhere and our season passes have gone through the roof from people wanting to come and ride this wild eagle. we're excited. it's our 27th season we're opening up now. >> that's fantastic and i think you've been here on the opening day like today is for the last five or six years. we're privileged to have you. if i had a hat on right now, if any of us did, we'd take it off to you. you're creating a lot of jobs in your region and now you're
looking at expanding and i know nashville is giving you -- the town is giving you a big tax break so you will move and bring a little of that dolly magic to their area. >> well, actually, we're very excited. we're going into business with the gaylords that own opryland and we brought a bunch of property across the street from the opryland hotel which is a wonderful convention center. but we're actually starting some new things. we're going to start a phase one which is a water and snow park. it will be open year round and in that whole area, though, as time goes on, we'll be adding lots of new and different things. and a lot of things with music. a lot of food. a lot of different entertainment but in our first initial thing, we are creating jobs and we're breaking ground this fall down there and probably have at least 500 construction workers and then as we start adding to it, there will be more. the whole general area, they tell me, will increase about 1500 jobs with all the other people in the area that add new things. so anybody that can get a job,
great. it's great for everybody. we'll do well. they'll do well and so we're just excited about that whole thing with the gaylords. >> i have to ask you, you know, whitney houston's passing, that song "i will always love you". that was actually your song. you wrote that. your thoughts on whitney houston passing away? >> well, we were all very sorry that whitney passed away. but what a wonderful, wonderful singer and what a wonderful job she did on my song. she took my little song and took it all over the world and made it far more important than it really was. but it's been one of those things that i've been grateful for through the years and i was so sorry to hear about her passing. but at least the song will live forever as she will in our memories. >> everyone handles fame differently. you, for example, decided to put it to work. put it to investments like people like bob hope have done in the past. and now you've become this huge corporate tycoon that i'm surprised answers our calls. >> well, you've been good to me through the years. i love talking to you. i'll never get too big for my
britches! >> listen to you. ok, check her out, she's opening dollywood today in pigeon forge, tennessee. the owner of dollywood, dolly parton, thank you very much. have a great season, dolly. >> thank you! all right. thanks so much. >> 27 years. >> that's awesome. >> she's so cute. i love her. >> what's not to love? >> big personality. she's so sweet. all righty, coming up. the case has captivated the nation, the shooting death of an unarmed black teen and the shooter claiming self-defense. going to talk about it. what does geraldo think about this? he's here with his take. >> she was against obamacare from start and now two years later, it's going to the supreme court. michelle bachmann joins us live with what she thinks of the fight ahead with a brand new hour of "fox & friends."
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>> juliet: good morning, everybody. it is friday, march 23. i'm juliet huddy in for gretchen carlson. the case sparking nationwide outrage and protests. the shooting death an unarmed black teen. the shooting claiming defense. geraldo rivera not holding baboon his opinion on that. we'll hear from him in he wants moments. >> steve: happy anniversariry. exactly two years ago today, president obama signed his health care bill into law and now it's headed to the supreme court. coming up, michelle bachmann, why it has got to go. >> brian: thrown in jail because he didn't finish the siding on this house. the man went through all of this and he'll talk about it on this show at the top of the hour. "fox & friends" starts just about now. >> steve: life from studio e is "fox & friends," the world's number one cable morning news
show and one final day before gretch comes back from vacation. we've got huddy in. >> juliet: glad you could be here. >> steve: great to have you. >> brian: she's breaking spring training. looking to see if she'll make the squad. >> steve: good luck to you. >> brian: i'm talking about gretchen. it's her traditional trip. i'm not going to tell you arizona or florida. >> juliet: headlines before get to everything else. brand-new report of a prison break in iraq. at least 19 inmates, many suspected terrorists on the run now. it happened at a temporary prison, the city of kirkuk. a facility that mostly held the suspects awaiting trial. we're told they removed a ventilator in one of the prison's bathrooms and then used blankets to jump from the opening. police are scouring the city to try and track them down. just a few hours, we will learn the official charges for the u.s. soldier accused in the shocking murders of civilians in afghanistan. army staff sergeant robert bales expected to be hit with numerous
charges, including 17 counts of murder, six counts of attempted murder, and derelicts of duty. he snuck out of his post on march 11 and went on two to villages where he shot, stabbed and burned victims as they slept. nine of those victims were children. new reports, french gunman mohammed mehra was on the government's no fly list for would years before the rampage. officials pleased he went to an al-qaeda training camp. he was shot and killed during a shootout with police. he fired on them first before trying to escape through a bathroom window. before he died, he reportedly bragged about murdering a rabbi, three children, and those three french paratroopers. whitney houston's cause of death revealed, but the investigation may be far from over. an autopsy report shows she officially died from drowning, but she did use cocaine immediately before her collapse
and chronic cocaine use perhaps might have caused they are have a heart attack. the problem, is that police found no traces of the drug in her hotel room. so the word is that they may be looking into the possibility that somebody removed it before they arrived. her family says they are shocked and they are saddened by the autopsy results. dna o'leary laying himself off. he says the city has too many managers. he was one of three, making 176 grand a year. he decided he was going to lay himself off. he's credited with doing a good job while in office. his town named as one of the 100 best places to live in america. that guy deserves another job. unless he wants to retire. >> steve: and a raise. >> juliet: exactly. >> brian: if he can lay himself off, he should be able to give himself a raise. geraldo rivera is here. >> good morning. >> steve: generally gets a raise and a rise out of our audience.
>> brian: how much are you making? >> joel and i are going to get time manager jobs (fantastic. >> steve: let's start with this story out of florida. >> can i mention one thing about whitney houston. somebody gave her cocaine. somebody cleaned up the crime scene. it's obvious to me. once a junky u a a junky. it's not 100%, but it's very close to 100%. and somebody knew she was on cocaine. somebody absolutely sanitized that crime scene. i think it is a crime scene. i think a there should be a grand jury that should continue this criminal probe and i think that some of the people closest to her will be found to be responsible for aiding and abetting her suicide. >> steve: you want the person who gave her the coke liable and the person who cleaned up the room? >> absolutely. they're two separate crimes. i think we have to -- let's see what killed her, but stop the romanticizing of what happened to her. >> brian: while the bodyguards waited outside, she drowned.
>> that's exactly what happened. >> brian: let's talk about trayvon martin case. >> i have a different take, brian, on that. i believe that george zimmerman, the overzealous neighborhood watch captain should be investigated to the fullest extent of the law and if he is criminally liable, he should be prosecuted. but i am urging the parents of black and latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies. i think the hoody is as much responsible for trayvon martin's death as george zimmerman was. >> juliet: what do you mean? >> when you see a kid walking down the street, particularly dark skinned kid like my son who i constantly went out wearing a damn hoody or the pants around his ankles. take that hood off, people see you and what's the instant identification, what's the instant association? it's crime scene surveillance tapes. every time you see someone stick up a 7-11, the kid is wearing a
hoody. every time you see a mugging on a surveillance camera or get the old lady in the alcove, it's kid with a hoody. you have to recognize that this whole stylizing yourself as a gangsta, people are going to perceive you as a menace. that's what happens. it is an instant reflexive action. remember juan williams, our colleague? he got in trouble with npr because he said muslim and formal garb at the airport conjure a certain response in him? that's an automatic reflex? he wasn't defending it. he was explaining that's what happened when he sees these particular people in that particular place. when you see a black or latino youngster, particularly on the street, you walk to the other side of the street. you try to avoid that confrontation. trayvon martin, god bless him, an innocent kid, a wonderful kid, a box of skittles in his hands. he didn't deserve to die. but i bet you money, if he didn't have that hoody on that, nutty neighborhood watch guy
wouldn't have responded in that violent and aggressive way. >> steve: the people of new york, a couple of nights ago had a million hoody march. >> you can not rehabilitate the hoody. i understand that the reaction might be overzealous or even irrational in some extent, i mean, when you look at the statistics. but you're not going to rehabilitate the hoody. >> steve: stop wearing. >> stop wearing it! you know the old johnny cash song, don't take your gun to town, son. leave your gun at home. there is some things that are almost inevitable. i'm not suggesting trayvon martin had any kind of weapon, but he wore an outfit that allowed someone to respond in this irrational, overzealous way and if he had been dressed more appropriately, i think the message -- if you're at a track meet, leave the hoody home. don't let your children go out there. >> brian: i want to bring you something else that just seems farcecal. the fast and furious investigation, they got one of the lead guys in custody and
bring in a special f.b.i. person to talk to him and debrief him, they end up cutting him a deal, allowing him to go back to mexico and says, here is my phone number, on the back of a $10 bill, get in touch with me. what's the true story? >> the true story about fast and furious is it was talked about -- this was a stupid idea. who thought of the idea to let the guns go back to mexico? look at the misery the guns are causing in mexico. to aid and abet that process is criminal! but you know what's going to happen, brian, and i'm sick of the fast and furious thing because we all know where this is heading. it's not going to be the substantive action of the agents and the d.e.a. agents and other feds who allowed the guns to go to mexico. it's going to be otherwise good people, lying about what happened and getting busted for perjury. it's not the crime. it's the cover-up. you're going to see this cancer spread throughout the -- >> brian: who they covering up for? >> they're covering up their own actions.
they're going to try to put the best spin on why they allowed guns to go after they saw the guns in the trunk and tell a guy and an agent gets his number on a $10 bill, okay, you go out. you call me and you tell me who you're giving the guns for. this is for posture. i think if indeed he told stories out of school that were not true on the record, it is a tragedy because i think he's a good and honest man, but in this case, the cancer of cover-up will affect even the justice department's higher arcky. i don't know if it goes all the way to the attorney general, but it might. >> steve: there are some stone walling. hard to get answers. >> so unnecessary and so tragic and too bad. >> steve: geraldo has to go to his radio show. >> i do. i will be on my way to disneyland this weekend. i'm going to the magic kingdom. >> brian: what story is there? >> going to do my radio show from the magic kingdom. but mainly it's about my 6 1/2-year-old meeting her
counterparts, isn'tle ella and snow white. >> brian: meet your counterpart. snow white. >> thank you. >> brian: i look forward to going to disney with you. coming up, where is the love? one school putting the brakes on hugs. >> juliet: and happy health care. not so happy anniversary for our next guest. michelle bachmann joins us live on our continuing fight to have obamacare repealed. she's heading into the studio. geraldo will meet her [ male announcer ] have you heard?
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>> brian: two years ago today, president obama signed his healthcare bill into law. now in a few days, the law will be reviewed by the supreme court and while they're hoping for its repool, nancy pelosi remains optimistic. >> we knew what we were doing when we passed this bill. it's ironclad constitutionally. i have faith in the courts and the bill. >> brian: is the health care law ironclad constitutionally? joining us now with the response to leader pelosi, congresswoman michelle bachmann. always great to see you. >> good morning. the answer is very clear, no it is not constitutional. i'm looking forward to next week being in the courtroom as these arguments go before the supreme court. this is a historic time, one of the longest periods of oral argument that the supreme court will ever have and it should be it's the seminal issue of our time, should the government take over and own and control
medicine, one sixth of the economy? the american people say no. they want this declared unconstitutional. >> brian: it's been two years. you have a seat, you told me. so you'll be watching this? >> yes. >> brian: and by the way, that's hot ticket. >> it's very hot ticket. >> brian: but it's also very -- you're an attorney, but also close to call. you'll have two sides, talented teams going at it. we're look at the mandate, mandating that the american people get something is something that might not be constitutional and that's what -- >> and it should be. this is offensive to the american people. i called and led 40,000 americans to fight this bill before it passed and when it passed, i was the first member of congress that filed the bill to repeal obamacare and during the course of the presidential election, i think i helped change the debate on this because there is only one right answer for our nominee and it's full scale repeal of obamacare. the american people and our base demand no less. >> brian: can you believe two
years ago with the celebratory words from joe biden, which we can't repeat, and for the hoopla about the passage, two years from now, the president is going to korea, you wouldn't have anybody talking about it. nobody is celebrating it? a few columns on the internet? >> that's right. even in the state of the union, this is the president's signature piece of legislation and it's so unpopular with the american people, he can't even talk about it. we know why it's unpopular, especially amongst senior citizens. it steals over $500 billion out of medicare. >> brian: that's so important because we have paul ryan passing a budget and people say he's trying to kill medicare. where are the facts with that? >> as a matter of fact, the future for senior citizens, they don't realize that medicare is going to collapse and go away under president obama's plan. his plan for senior citizens is they all have to roll into obamacare. they won't have medicare. they go into obamacare. seniors don't want that because they know the costs will go up and it will be denial of care. that's our future under
obamacare. more expensive, less care. what deal. >> brian: we have jim demint coalescing around mitt romney and freedom work saying he's probably going to be the guy. if mitt romney gets the nomination, his biggest stumbling block, some say, is what you were saying. how could he want to repeal obamacare if there is a romney care? what's the best way for him to handle that? he wrote a column today in usa today and he's got advice coming from the "wall street journal." what do you say? >> i think it's clear that whatever the intentions were on state subsidy of health care, it didn't work real well and led to increased cost and health care. we know that's already happened at the federal level and so i think it's very easy for our nominee to say look, directly into the camera, there is only one option for me as president. full-scale repeal and then we'll move into driving the cost of health care down to free market reforms and then that nominee will lay out those reforms. >> brian: here we are on the cusp of a primary in louisiana. you were right in the thick of
things doing the bulk of the debates. do you think at this point that the back and forth between all four really -- really all three is hurting the republican party? >> i'll tell you what i hear from people on the ground all across the country. they want to us choose the nominee. they want us to get that person because now they want to pivot and focus on president obama because i think everyone recognizes he can't have a second term. so now we have to be focusing on him and making him have to answer for his failed policy. >> brian: what do you think? you know it always gets personal. you and tim pawlenty were locking horns for a while and you know each other quite well. but at this point do you think it's counter productive to have this bale, even in the light of president obama and hillary clinton going at it? >> we are going to get to unity and i think the four candidates that remain in the race, i think they will all come in line behind whoever our nominee will be. we will unify. that's the good news. i just think that the timing is
coming near when we will be choosing that nominee. >> brian: what about you? will you choose somebody? >> i will. i'll get behind our nominee. >> brian: what about now? >> not today. not on the show? >> brian: why not? come on! >> you want the big scoop? >> brian: yeah. >> not today. but we will unify. >> brian: you will join me on radio? >> of course i will. where else would anyone in america go by the kilmeade show? >> brian: all right. good for a change. congresswoman, always great to see you. coming up straight ahead, we told you about this one earlier in the week, the pc police seem to have gotten crazy. one university not canceling classes on christian holidays so others won't feel bad? one of those students is speaking out. "fox & friends" will be the host for them in just a moment. handcuffed, strip searched and thrown in jail all because he didn't finish the siding on
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>> steve: welcome back. we told you about stony brook university in new york state, no longer canceling classes for major christian and jewish holidays. they've done it for years. now they're not going to in an effort to afford equal opportunity to students of all faith. here is what a university official told me this week. >> it will be a personal decision. not a state decision. our goal is to maximize
available class time for all of our students and to really make a calendar that's predictable and standardized that makes the most sense academiccally. >> steve: does it make sense to the students? let's talk to one. aaron is a student at stonybrook university and he joins us early on this friday morning. when you first heard about the calendar, i understand you thought it was just messed up? >> yeah, i thought it was a mistake on a school in long island, how could they include a calendar not to include holidays? >> steve: what they say is in the past, you're school has never celebrated muslim or buddhist holidays and so going forward, they're not going to celebrate any holidays, so everything is equal. >> and that just seems a little disingenuous 'cause they could change the calendar to suit anyone. there is always room for compromise. >> steve: you would think so, except it sounds like this particular policy is going to go in effect shortly and be in
effect for the next four years. this is going to be a problem for you as a history student because you observe the holidays and you're going to have to make a choice. do i want to go to class, which is going to impact my future, or do i want to observe my faith? >> right. and it is a choice because the times that i would have to take off are very close to mid terms and do i want to study or should i practice my faith? and i want to do both, but i'm being put in a pretty tough position by the university. >> steve: what's your message to the university? they're probably watching about right now. >> i hope so. i want them to put the calendar back. their calendar was fine. it was equal compromise for as many students as possible and it worked fine so far. why couldn't the university do so well on one calendar, then all of a sudden have to change? >> steve: the university says we're just trying to be fair. there is that fair word again. it's messing up your holidays, and my holidays, too, and a lot of people's holidays. >> yeah. fair is all well and good, but we are -- it's a school and when
you're setting students back, that's bad. it shouldn't be that way. you shouldn't have to make that choice. >> steve: as a parent, three kids, two kids in college, one out of college, if i knew going in that if my kid went to stony brook and they'd have to go to class on good friday, i'd suggest they go to another school. if you had to do it all over again, would you reconsider going to the school, given this new policy? >> i would make -- i would have to add that into my consideration. it would definitely be something to add into the mix. >> steve: is this something the kids are talking about on campus? >> yeah. yeah. a lot of people are upset. some people aren't upset. but you know what? you're going to get people on both sides. but in this case, it's an issue that was resolved without any input and we didn't really -- we found out by accident. >> steve: the interesting thing is, i'm sure you know it -- they
will observe christmas because it's a union -- it's part of the union deals. it was part of the union agreement. so they listened to the union, but they don't listening to the students. >> and it's funny, 'cause we're the ones that pay tuition. we're on campus and we contribute to the university. we prop them up by being good students and they're not doing right by us. >> steve: aaron, we thank you very much for coming in and telling the story. good luck. >> thank you. >> steve: good luck on the mid terms, too. >> thanks. >> steve: 27 minutes after the top of the hour. president obama sells fuzzy math on how much oil we produce in the united states. but don't worry, chris wallace is here to help us add it all up. time out for tim tebow. he just arrived in new york in that vehicle. looks like somebody forgot to read the fine print again. we're going to tell you about yet another snag in tebow's contract everyone in america depends on the postal service.
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everyone who makes picks on espn.com. i guess it helps when you can send the c.i.a. in to scout the teams. once again, president obama is out of touch with regular hard working americans who don't know how to bet on college basketball. [ laughter ] >> brian: that was jimmy kimmel last night. chris wallace with us now. welcome back after that week off. great job with george clooney. >> thank you. i just want everybody to know my brackets are doing pretty well, but i took a big hit with michigan state yesterday. >> steve: a lot of people did. >> brian: she didn't show up! -- they didn't show up! >> the score at half time was like 30-20. i didn't know what was going on here. >> brian: it's amazing you got up and came to work today. >> no kidding. >> steve: with your bracket busted. >> i had syracuse. and ohio state. >> steve: let's talk about what's going on in politics down there in washington, d.c does it look like the president is a little panicked right now because he's talking all about how his administration, doing
everything they can. last week he said there is no silver bullet when it comes to oil. now he's saying look, we're drilling everywhere. here he is in cushing, oklahoma. >> i want everybody to understand this, we use 20% of the world's oil. we only produce 2% of the world's oil. even if we opened up every inch of the country, if i put a oil rig on the south lawn, if we had one right next to the washington monument, even if we drilled every little bit of this great country of ours, we'd still have to buy the rest of our needs from someplace else if we keep on using the same amount of energy, the same amount of oil. >> steve: you know what, chris? i know he was joking yesterday talking about drilling on the south lawn, but if they did that, it might actually look like what has been going on in oklahoma since i think the 30s where they put an oil well -- and that's from the 30s -- there
is an actual work oil well on the statehouse grounds in oklahoma for decades. >> he also, in that particular case, what he said is that we produce only 2% of the world's oil. in fact, we produce 15% of the world's oil. so he was just factually wrong there. i wouldn't say he's in a panic. but he understands as the gas prices go up, and every time you go -- here in washington, it's over $4, even for low test, for regular. and you know, it's sticker shock what used to cost you 30 or $40 to fill up your gas tank, now costs 60 or $70. that's a direct way which people are feeling the economy. it's political issue for him and he's got to try to deal with it. >> brian: he can't blame the american people for saying global warming was hot. it's been tried around the western world and it seems to be going bust. the green jobs seem to be imploding. now he's trying to sell himself
a little bit as a guy who is pro-oil. it's real tough sell, especially in front of the keystone pipeline that he killed! >> and the interesting thing there was, what he was talking about is let's approve the lower part of the keystone pipeline between oklahoma and the gulf of mexico, which would help remove a little bit of a bottleneck in the oil that's already coming up. but he still refuses to approve between the oil sands in canada and to oklahoma, which would provide a whole new source of oil. there is a limit to how much that's going to get done. certainly it may remove a bottleneck. it's not going to produce and drop more oil. >> steve: chris, what about this? the president, while he did misspeak yesterday, he had that little flub about how much oil we produce, the figure he keeps using is that we only have 2% of the world's proven oil reserves. i know you saw jim angle's piece this week, i bet, where that 2%
figure -- i think comes from about 50 years ago and it stayed that number. we only know how much oil there is in the areas that we are currently drilling. the experts estimate we could actually have 2 trillion-barrels worth of oil here in the united states. that's the bottom part of this particular pyramid right there. so it's not really a geological problem. it's a political problem because we're not drilling where a lot of the oil is. >> that's right. and you're exactly right. jim angle has done good reporting on it. that little tip of the pyramid where it says proved oil reserve, that's the president's fudge word in all this, it means stuff where we've already drilled. there is all that other stuff underground and why aren't we drilling on federal lands? because of restrictions that have been put on it by barak obama. i mean, he also talks about the fact that domestic oil production is up. what he doesn't say is it's mostly up on private lands that he has no control over and not
on the federal lands where he does have control over. we're going to be talk being this with david plouffe on sunday and as you can see, we got a great promo here. and paul ryan, one of the wonder kids of the -- i can call him that. i'm a lot older than he is -- of the republican party and the house, one of the young gun, chairman of the house budget committee who came out with a new budget this week. and let me say, democrats are firing back, saying it would provide tax increases, or rather tax breaks for the wealthy and spending cuts for the poor and the middle class. we're going to get to a lot of the issues that are going to be central to the general election campaign between obama and whoever the republican nominee turns out to be, like gas price, like health care, like the budget, spending and taxes. i have think it's going to be a very special fox news sunday. >> brian: so in between basketball games, you'll be doing your show. we look forward to seeing you. >> i cannot take any more hits. if another one of these one
seeds go out, i'm in real trouble. >> brian: i tell you what, tim tebow swamped everything else in new york so far in coming over here. good to see you. i know it was good to see us. >> that's going to work out just great. i think sanchez and tebow, that's going to be -- it's going to be great. they're going to have nothing to say on the back page of the new york post. >> brian: exactly! >> steve: he does the sunday morning show. he really wants to do sports. thank you very much. meanwhile, we've got headlines. moments ago, the wife of syrian dictator bashar assad slapped with sanctions banning her from traveling around europe. oopsy daisy. e.u. foreign ministers punishing the assad regime over its brutal cramdown on protesters. her assets and those of relatives which are frozen, which means no more of her famous shopping appreciation but she's still allowed to travel to britain because she was born there. assad once wrote in an e-mail that she's the, quote, real
dictator in the family. sweet talking. >> juliet: bank of america announced the program to help homeowners at the risk of foreclosure. under it, those behind on their mortgages can hand over the deeds to their homes and find rental leases instead. they'll pay rent to the bank at the going market rate. the program is launched in new york, arizona and nevada. the bank has to prove avoiding eviction reduces cost. speaking of mr. tebow. >> brian: the trade that can't get completed. tim tebow arrived yesterday at the jets training facility. the problem is, he's still a bronco. there is an issue with his contract. he's got to sign a rewritten deal. if all goes well, and it will, the big if is tim tebow will become a jet, it will be tomorrow. he'll meet with the press on monday and we'll see what will happen 'cause rex ryan will be there, too. meanwhile, rex ryan was tebowed for the first time. watch these autograph seekers. >> one, two, three.
>> brian: that's great. they took a photo. we'll have to wait to see ryan tebow himself. >> juliet: no hugging it out at one new jersey school. the principal of the school putting in place a no hug rule. students caught embracing their friends could get suspend. kind of like the whole u.k. thing. the ban going into effect apparently because of too many incidents of inappropriate physical interaction. parents are not happy about it. >> how could that happen? they're kids. it's natural to hug, so embrace your friends. they should worry more about bullying than kids getting along. >> juliet: kind of agree with that. the principal is not commenting at this point op the no hug rule. >> steve: what about that expression, hugs, not drugs? >> brian: i never heard that. i actually have never heard that. >> steve: you kidding? you got to get out more. when you get out today in new
york city at 4, it will be 73. 76 in cleveland. beautiful day temperature wise across the map from stem to stern. that's a quick look at your fox travelcay. 19 minutes before the top of the hour. >> juliet: it's a story that's gripping the nation. that florida teen-ager that was allegedly shot ask killed by a member of his neighborhood watch all because the watch guy thought the kid was up to no good. does this guy have a case for self-defense? jeanine pirro is in the green room and going off on this one. >> brian: big trouble on the home front. we'll talk o a guy who was handcuffed, strip searched, tossed in jail. >> juliet: what did he do? >> brian: he didn't finish siding this house. it's his. now let's check in with dave and clayton for what's happening on fox friends friend, who do all their own home repairs. >> steve: they're siding with us. >> i don't want to be thrown in jail. >> coming up this weekend, more shocking revelations in the fast and furious operation. federal agents nabbed the primary suspect eight months before border agent brian terry was killed, but let him go.
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jeanine. good morning. >> good morning. >> steve: where do you want to start? >> i think that this stand your ground law, the 24 states in this country have, is simply a version, new version of self-defense, but doesn't require to you retreat. in this particular case, zimmerman was the one who was pursuing and confronting the victim. therefore, stand your ground has no application to this case. the victim in this case was 17 years old, legally in a place where he had a right to be. he feared that he was being followed, communicates that to someone he's on the phone with, which is corroborated, runs away or walks quickly, and then the guy catches him again. the guy, zimmerman, the shooter calls 911. the police dispatcher said, are you following him? he said yes. the police dispatcher says, we don't need you to do that. in other words, stand down. instead, what this guy does, under the guise neighborhood
watch, he gets out of his vehicle, pursues the victim, takes his gun with him and shoots him. this is not self-defense. and the problem with this is that there was not a thorough investigation. the police told the victim's family that the shooter was squeaky clean, when we know he was arrested for assault and resisting arrest and that was expunged because of his age. so now the argument, stand your ground, has no relevance if you're chasing, pursuing someone that the police have told to you stand down. >> steve: you're not the only one who says that. the guy who came up with the law said that earlier on the program. >> this is a self-defense law and actually what it does is shows if you empower people to stop violent acts from occurring, they will. i think what we have here is a situation where individual has misapplied or a department has misapplied this statute.
there is nothing in this statute that provides you authority to pursue and confront another individual. >> brian: the police chief has stepped aside so the prosecutor is now stepped aside. where do you think we're heading with this? >> it's going to a grand jury on april 10 which hopefully we'll hear all of the evidence and remember, the argument that this guy was part of neighborhood watch carries no weight for him because neighborhood watch is simply there to report crime. not to prevent it. not to get involved in an arrest and not -- in fact, neighborhood watch says we never heard of this guy, this organization and a protocol is you don't carry a weapon. everything about this case is wrong. >> steve: i got a feeling you'll be talk being it this weekend on your program. thank you very much. we'll be watching, saturday night, the p.m. eastern -- 9:00 p.m. eastern. >> brian: straight ahead on this show to close out, we've been telling but it, handcuffed, strip searched, thrown in jail because he didn't finish siding on his house. that homeowner joins us next with his side of the story.
>> steve: meanwhile, with his side of what happens in 11 minutes, mr. bill hemmer. >> happy friday to both of you. >> steve: thank you. >> brian: i'm going to sleep here tonight. >> cool. i feel sorry if that's the way you'll spend your weekend. >> brian: i love formica. >> see you. guess what happened when you were sleeping overnight? our gas prices went up again. happy birthday, healthcare. why the president will not be blowing out candles today. has the mystery been solved over the mysterious sounds in wisconsin? there is new word on that. the rally across america that no one is talking about until this weekend. we'll explain with martha and me in ten minutes are choosing advil. i'm keith baraka and i'm a firefighter. and it's very physically demanding. if i'm sore i not at my best. advil is my go-to. it's my number one pain reliever. [ male announcer ] make the switch. take action. take advil.
>> juliet: 7 minutes before the hour. imagine being handcuffed, strip searched and thrown in jail, but not because you committed a violent crime, but because you didn't finish the siding on your house. that is what happened to our next guest, mitch. see that gap between the brick and the rest of his house? that was a major violation in a city ordinance in burnsville, minnesota. he got some complaints. the city official arrested him. that was only the beginning. joining us with the rest of the story is mitch. good to have you here. we were talking about this story yesterday. it was sort of one of stories where you go, you got to be kidding? but it's very true. you actually spent time in jail, right? >> correct. i spent two days in jail. >> juliet: and then what happened? >> we spent two days in jail and then we were given two weeks to put that yellow band of siding on and once we had completed
that, then they decided to enforce a 28-day home monitoring system on me. >> juliet: home monitoring system where you basically had to blow into a drug and alcohol device every time a device goes off, like every four hours, all because you didn't finish the siding on your house. the other side says look, you were told over and over and over again, you have to finish this. you dragged it on. this is your problem. what do you have to say to that? >> i had repeatedly explained to them that i had gone through a major divorce that had financially stripped me and then my father and i have a custom brick and stonework business that, because of the housing industry crash, that we had three years of economic unemployment. and it was a scenario of just having a lack of money, and i explained this to them repeatedly. and when we put the stucco on the upper half, i actually had to borrow the $12,000 from my
parents' retirement fund and it was not a scenario of not want to go do it. it was just financial hardship. >> juliet: you say it's selective enforcement. what do you mean by that? >> we have houses and residents around us that look like trash homes. i mean, garbage houses where there are logs and old cars and, i mean, this project that i've been on, we have put on a new roof, new windows, new stone, new stucco, new tile -- >> juliet: we're showing a picture of your neighbor's house , as a matter of fact. >> our project was a complete renovation from landscaping with evergreens. everything. >> juliet: okay. here is what the city has to say. when mr. faber didn't appear at his court appointment, the judge decided to issue a bench warrant for his arrest. while stemming from this
property maintenance issue, the warrant was for not complying with the court's decision, not for fail to go complete repairs on his house. what do you have to say to that? >> when we put the stucco on, our impression was the fact that the siding is stucco and we had thought we had complied. we had it done by may 21. there is nowhere that they had id that we were to appear in court. >> juliet: all right. we're going to continue following this story. we'd like to see what happens with this. best of luck to you. >> thank you very much for having me on. >> juliet: more "fox & friends" in two minutes. stay with us